Global food crisis: Japan extends aid to Zim

The Government of Japan has contributed US$500 000 through the World Food Programme (WFP) as a response to the deteriorating global food security situation.

In a statement, the Embassy of Japan in Zimbabwe said Japan’s contribution comes at a time when many in the country are struggling to feed themselves because of successive droughts and the current economic challenges which have been worsened by the situation in Ukraine.

The Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mr Satoshi Tanaka, said, “In collaboration with WFP, the Government of Japan continues to deliver support from the people of Japan to the most vulnerable people in Zimbabwe, addressing their immediate food needs during the lean season. We hope that this assistance will help cushion their hardship during the upcoming lean season. We will provide food insecure people with unconditional food assistance under the Emergency Grant.”

Japan’s contribution comes at a critical time when vulnerable communities are facing difficulties in putting food on the table.

“Following the poor rainfall in the recent productive season, many have failed to harvest. Further, prices of food, fuel and fertilizer have increased due to the conflict in Ukraine. This forces many to make difficult decisions in order to buy food, such as selling their livestock. This contribution will cushion them, as their basic food needs will be met. We appreciate the continued support from the people of Japan,” the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative, Ms. Francesca Erdelmann said.

The contribution from Japan will support food distributions during the start of the lean season, October to December 2022, when WFP aims to assist more than 400,000 people.

Since 2019, Japan has contributed over US$ 24.6 million to WFP-supported food assistance and resilience-building for vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe, as well as nutrition support for pregnant women in maternity waiting homes.

In 2021, Japan contributed US$1.25 million through WFP to support vulnerable, food insecure communities in Zimbabwe that were severely impacted by climate shocks and COVID-19.